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Alcatel 1T 10 Tablet Review

Marcus Herbrich, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Mark Riege), 10/12/2018

Lightweight with Android Go. The Alcatel 1T 10 is a very light 10-inch tablet in the lower price segment. However, due to its affordable price you have to lower your sights considerably in terms of its features.

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Alcatel 1T 10 Tablet

The Alcatel smartphone company, which is now part of the Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL Corporation at this point, already showed two new tablets at this year's Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona – one of them being the 1T 10 that has a display diagonal measuring 10.1 inches.    

A particularity of the 1T 10 is the operating system used. In its tablet that costs 100 Euros (~$115) Alcatel does not use its own user interface but uses the Go Edition of Android Oreo. This version of Google's operating system, which is designed for low-end devices with low-performance hardware, offers particular apps and system services and is optimized for low resource usage.   

Correspondingly, the 1T 10 also offers low storage capacities (1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM) and low processor performance, particularly since the MediaTek SoC used in the Alcatel tablet comes from 2016 and thus does not appear quite current anymore. The other hardware also corresponds to its price range. The 10-inch tablet has an IPS panel with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels and a 4000 mAh battery. 

The number of 10-inch tablet competitors for the Alcatel 1T 10 is limited. While we see the Amazon Fire HD 10 2017 as one of the main competitors in the price range around 100 Euros (~$115), the affordable mid-range devices Medion Lifetab P10606 and Lenovo Tab 4 10 are also some possible alternatives and are included in our comparison models.

Alcatel 1T 10 (1 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280 x 800 pixel 149 PPI, Capacitive multi-touchscreen, LCD, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 9.7 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB, Sensors: Accelerometer, Miracast, OTG
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.4 x 255 x 155 ( = 0.37 x 10.04 x 6.1 in)
Battery
4000 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 450 h
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 2 MPix (Update to 5 MP possible via software interpolation)
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix (Update to 5 MP possible via software interpolation)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker, Keyboard: Virtual, Charger, USB cable, Android Go, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
415 g ( = 14.64 oz / 0.91 pounds), Power Supply: 62 g ( = 2.19 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
110 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Alcatel tablet not very resistant to warping

In terms of the color options of the plastic case, you can select either black or blue. The bezels around the 10-inch display are relatively large, which is reflected in the display-to-surface ratio of only 75%.

The slightly textured surface on the back hides fingerprints fairly well, but it is very slippery and offers little grip. In addition, the plastic used is very susceptible to scratches. Our test unit already had two deep scratches after only a few days of use, even though we hardly placed the device on any hard surfaces. The back also appears very thin and can be pushed in relatively far.

You also have to lower your sights in terms of the stability of the Alcatel tablet. Even some slight attempts at warping it without using much force result in visible changes of the display content (wave forming on the panel). On the other hand, the volume and power keys sit tightly in their frame on the right side of the case without hardly any wobble. But their pressure points are not well defined.

The workmanship is at an acceptable level overall. However, the Alcatel 1T 10 does not communicate a high value at any time.

Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet

Size Comparison

Equipment - 1T 10 buyers have to make do without a fingerprint sensor

The equipment of the 1T 10 includes a status LED, an FM radio, and the classic 3.5 mm audio port. Wireless transfer of display content onto external monitors is also supported and worked without any problems in our test with a Sony Android TV. The list of equipment does not include biometric identification to unlock the tablet. Overall, the sensors built into the 1T 10 are reduced to a minimum, and there is only an acceleration sensor. 

The microUSB connection with a USB 2.0 specification at the bottom of the case not only serves to charge the tablet or for data transfer, but it also supports OTG (On-the-Go) and you can connect peripheral devices to the 1T 10 via an OTG adapter.

The built-in eMMC storage offers 16 GB, with less than 10 GB of that available to the user after the initial startup. However, you can expand this by up to 128 GB via an inserted microSD card. While the exFAT file system is not supported, you can integrate formatted microSD cards into the system as internal storage. 

Software - Stock Android thanks to Go Edition

The 1T 10 is delivered with the Go Edition of Google's Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. In contrast to Google's Android-One program, the Go Edition does not necessarily include any guarantee of regular operating system or security updates. The security patches of our test unit were updated last in May 2018.   

We do not need to say much about the user interface in Android-Go devices – it is a pure Google operating system. However, some apps have been "optimized" for low storage capacities. For example, the Go version of Google Maps is more of a browser link than its own app. There is also an adapted version of the Google Play Store that favors apps that are less resource-hungry. 

In addition, Alcatel has also installed some in-house software solutions on its affordable entry-level tablet such as the "Parental Center" allowing you to set up app usage limits (for children) among other things. 

Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet

Communication and GPS - Alcatel tablet with weak WLAN

Bluetooth version 4.2 is available for wireless communication – there is no NFC chip. The integrated WLAN module of the Alcatel 1T 10 masters the IEEE-802.11 b/g/n standard, so it only works in the 2.4-GHz frequency range. The Wi-Fi transfer speed between the affordable tablet and our Linksys EA 8500 reference router remains at a correspondingly meager level, even for an entry-level device. In addition, the dampening close to the router is a bit high at almost -42 dBm.

One possible usage area for a tablet is for making video calls. We examine the voice quality of the built-in microphone using the Skype app we installed. The voice quality of the 1T 10 is distorted and not loud enough overall. Our conversation partners are also hard to understand, since the sound reproduction of the mono speaker adds an echo to the voices making them hard to understand.

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Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Medion Lifetab P10606
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
305 MBit/s ∼100% +657%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
PowerVR GX6250, MT8173, 64 GB eMMC Flash
241 MBit/s ∼79% +498%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB eMMC Flash
236 MBit/s ∼77% +486%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
49.3 MBit/s ∼16% +22%
Alcatel 1T 10
Mali-400 MP, MT8321, 16 GB eMMC Flash
40.3 MBit/s ∼13%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB eMMC Flash
238 MBit/s ∼100% +420%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
PowerVR GX6250, MT8173, 64 GB eMMC Flash
227 MBit/s ∼95% +396%
Medion Lifetab P10606
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
186 MBit/s ∼78% +306%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.9 MBit/s ∼21% +11%
Alcatel 1T 10
Mali-400 MP, MT8321, 16 GB eMMC Flash
45.8 MBit/s ∼19%
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors

The Alcatel 1T 10 only uses the GPS satellite network to determine its location. While the locating outdoors can score with a good accuracy, it takes a very long time – several minutes at times. The entry-level device can also locate us indoors, but this is extremely time-consuming as well.

In addition, we evaluate the accuracy on an almost 10-km bike ride (~6.2 miles) and compare the results with the professional Garmin navigation device. In the end, the difference between the recorded route of the Alcatel tablet and the Garmin Edge 500 is only 50 meters, which is a good value that even some current high-end smartphones are unable to achieve. 

Even in a more detailed analysis of the route, we hardly find any real outliers. So navigation by bike or car is quite possible with the 1T 10, as long as the GPS module can create a satellite connection.   

GPS Test Alcatel 1T 10
GPS Test Alcatel 1T 10
GPS Test Alcatel 1T 10
GPS Test Alcatel 1T 10
GPS Test Alcatel 1T 10
GPS Test Alcatel 1T 10
GPS Test Garmin Edge 500
GPS Test Garmin Edge 500
GPS Test Garmin Edge 500
GPS Test Garmin Edge 500
GPS Test Garmin Edge 500
GPS Test Garmin Edge 500

Cameras - Not really suitable for everyday use

Picture taken with the front camera
Picture taken with the front camera

For the camera in the back, Alcatel uses a 2 MP camera with an f/2.8 aperture. According to the spec sheet, images taken with the 1T 10 are supposed to be interpolated up to 5 MP. However, in our test unit the images remain at the standard resolution of 1200x1600. Nothing is known about the selection of the image sensor. 

In terms of the quality of the images taken by the Alcatel tablet, a lot remains to be desired. Neither the color reproduction and white balance nor the image sharpness are convincing. Even under good light conditions, the images appear blurry and poor in contrast, and we can also see a clear red tint. The built-in aperture is too weak for a good low-light performance, and the pictures are correspondingly dark and full of image noise. 

The camera at the front also has an f/2.8 aperture and a 2 MP resolution. The quality of the images is neither good during daylight nor with increasing darkness. Although both cameras have the same resolution, the front camera only records videos in 480p at 30 fps. If you use the camera at the back, the resolution of the recording increases to 1080p, although the quality is not really good in Full HD either.

Standard mode
Standard mode
HDR mode
HDR mode
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet

Accessories and Warranty - 1T 10 without surprises

Optional...
Optional...
...accessories
...accessories

The delivery contents include a modular 5-Watt charger (5V, 1A), a USB cable, and some information booklets. 

The manufacturer offers a warranty of 24 months from the time of purchase for the tablet.

Input Devices and Operation - The Alcatel tablet has weaknesses

Navigation occurs via the Android on-screen keys for "Back," "Multitasking," and "Home." The capacitive multi-touchscreen of the Alcatel tablet responds to input with up to 10 fingers. Since the display of the 1T 10 is not laminated – at least as far as we can tell – there is a small air gap between the touch panel and the display, so the input is not always exact. The response times are also relatively high. 

There is no unlocking via biometric identification in the Alcatel 1T 10. Google's Gboard is preinstalled as the default keyboard. 

Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet
Alcatel 1T 10 tablet

Display - The IPS panel is too dark

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The Alcatel 1T 10 is equipped with a 10.1-inch IPS display in the 16:10 format that has a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. The achieved pixel density of barely 150 PPI is not high, so that you can see separate pixels in everyday use and small text appears blurry accordingly. In terms of image sharpness, the Amazon Fire HD 10 2017 has a much higher-resolution display.

The display achieves a maximum brightness of only 277 cd/m². In the more realistic APL50 measurement, which simulates an even distribution of bright and dark areas on the panel, it is an almost identical 274 cd/m². The tablet does not have an environment light sensor.

260
cd/m²
273
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
264
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
250
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
242
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 277 cd/m² Average: 263 cd/m² Minimum: 15.76 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 277 cd/m²
Contrast: 565:1 (Black: 0.49 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.8 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 5.4 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
78.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.13
Alcatel 1T 10
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Lenovo Tab 4 10
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
Medion Lifetab P10606
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.8
Screen
39%
37%
-22%
-7%
Brightness middle
277
316
14%
426
54%
326
18%
384
39%
Brightness
263
305
16%
399
52%
338
29%
360
37%
Brightness Distribution
87
86
-1%
91
5%
92
6%
84
-3%
Black Level *
0.49
0.2
59%
0.38
22%
0.56
-14%
0.8
-63%
Contrast
565
1580
180%
1121
98%
582
3%
480
-15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.8
5
14%
4.5
22%
9.1
-57%
6.83
-18%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
13.1
8.7
34%
7.9
40%
18.2
-39%
12.7
3%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.4
5.7
-6%
5.2
4%
12
-122%
7.5
-39%
Gamma
2.13 103%
2.25 98%
2.23 99%
2.32 95%
2.199 100%
CCT
7260 90%
7921 82%
6875 95%
11359 57%
8544 76%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8933 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The rather mixed impression of the display continues with a high black value of 0.49 cd/m² (APL 50: 0.50 cd/m²), resulting in the low contrast of 1:565. The color temperature (7300 K) is also significantly above the ideal value (6500K), leading to a slight turquoise tint in the display content. The color accuracy and the accuracy of the Grayscale displayed are quite attractive for the price range. The IPS panel shows relatively little DeltaE deviations here. On the other hand, the sRGB color-space coverage is not so good.

CalMAN Color Accuracy (sRGB target color space)
CalMAN Color Accuracy (sRGB target color space)
CalMAN Color Space (sRGB target color space)
CalMAN Color Space (sRGB target color space)
CalMAN Grayscale (sRGB target color space)
CalMAN Grayscale (sRGB target color space)
CalMAN Color Saturation (sRGB target color space)
CalMAN Color Saturation (sRGB target color space)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
29.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.8 ms rise
↘ 14.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 70 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
45.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 23.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The low contrast ratio of 1:565 results in difficulties reading the display outdoors. In direct sunlight, the content cannot be recognized and the panel reaches its limits due to the low maximum brightness. However, the brightness of the 1T 10 is sufficient for using it indoors. 

Outdoor usage...
Outdoor usage...
...in slight sunlight
...in slight sunlight

Thanks to the liquid crystal display with In-Plane-Switching (IPS) technology, content is reproduced with relatively good color accuracy even at very steep viewing angles. The viewing angles of the IPS panel in the Alcatel tablet are fairly stable, and there is only a slight reduction in brightness at steep viewing angles. We hardly noticed any color changes in the display either.

Stability...
Stability...
...of the viewing angles
...of the viewing angles

Performance - An old MediaTek SoC

The MediaTek SoC built into the 1T 10 was released in 2016. It has been manufactured in the 28-nm process and integrates four Cortex A7 processors. The MT8321 does not support 64 bits, it only supports 32 bits. It is accompanied by an ARM Mali 400 graphics card with a clock speed of up to 500 MHz. 

Despite the efficient UI, the system performance of the Alcatel tablet is slow. There are repeated delays in everyday operation and stutters in multi-tasking that last for several seconds. Even switching from portrait into landscape mode is too much for the 1T 10, with the consequence of the selected background wallpaper turning black for a short time. Changing into Full Screen mode in the YouTube app can take longer than the five-second advertising before the video. Often apps such as Google Photos show no response after the system has been active for a while, making a restart necessary.  

The benchmark results paint a similar picture as our impression during everyday usage. The MT8321 in combination with the 1 GB of RAM does not offer a competitive performance. Aside from a few exceptions, the Alcatel tablet always ends up being last in our comparison field. 

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
157445 Points ∼62% +494%
Average of class Tablet (14200 - 227987, n=59)
71242 Points ∼28% +169%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
63777 Points ∼25% +141%
Medion Lifetab P10606
44015 Points ∼17% +66%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
36868 Points ∼15% +39%
Alcatel 1T 10
26504 Points ∼10%
Average Mediatek MT8321
26504 Points ∼10% 0%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
175581 Points ∼31% +742%
Average of class Tablet (20856 - 566378, n=18)
167271 Points ∼30% +702%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
77717 Points ∼14% +273%
Medion Lifetab P10606
44992 Points ∼8% +116%
Alcatel 1T 10
20856 Points ∼4%
Average Mediatek MT8321
20856 Points ∼4% 0%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
6039 Points ∼59%
Average of class Tablet (2345 - 6315, n=27)
4253 Points ∼41%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
3678 Points ∼36%
Medion Lifetab P10606
3508 Points ∼34%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
3307 Points ∼32%
Work performance score
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
6830 Points ∼50% +170%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
4895 Points ∼36% +94%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
4518 Points ∼33% +79%
Average of class Tablet (2529 - 7053, n=69)
4489 Points ∼33% +78%
Medion Lifetab P10606
4449 Points ∼33% +76%
Alcatel 1T 10
2529 Points ∼19%
Average Mediatek MT8321
2529 Points ∼19% 0%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
1010 Points ∼50% +10000%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
913 Points ∼45% +9030%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
745 Points ∼37% +7350%
Average of class Tablet (9 - 2034, n=99)
743 Points ∼37% +7330%
Medion Lifetab P10606
10 Points ∼0% 0%
Alcatel 1T 10
10 Points ∼0%
Average Mediatek MT8321
10 Points ∼0% 0%
Graphics
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2284 Points ∼8% +1508%
Average of class Tablet (98 - 28853, n=99)
2089 Points ∼7% +1371%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
833 Points ∼3% +487%
Medion Lifetab P10606
729 Points ∼3% +413%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
444 Points ∼2% +213%
Alcatel 1T 10
142 Points ∼0%
Average Mediatek MT8321
142 Points ∼0% 0%
Memory
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
3108 Points ∼49% +683%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
1513 Points ∼24% +281%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 5423, n=99)
1044 Points ∼17% +163%
Medion Lifetab P10606
772 Points ∼12% +94%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
758 Points ∼12% +91%
Alcatel 1T 10
397 Points ∼6%
Average Mediatek MT8321
397 Points ∼6% 0%
System
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
3639 Points ∼22% +285%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
2329 Points ∼14% +146%
Average of class Tablet (482 - 16467, n=99)
2270 Points ∼14% +140%
Medion Lifetab P10606
1744 Points ∼11% +85%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
1475 Points ∼9% +56%
Alcatel 1T 10
945 Points ∼6%
Average Mediatek MT8321
945 Points ∼6% 0%
Overall
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2204 Points ∼26% +1369%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
1312 Points ∼16% +775%
Average of class Tablet (150 - 8450, n=99)
1219 Points ∼14% +713%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
780 Points ∼9% +420%
Medion Lifetab P10606
313 Points ∼4% +109%
Alcatel 1T 10
150 Points ∼2%
Average Mediatek MT8321
150 Points ∼2% 0%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score
Average of class Tablet (862 - 43802, n=24)
7773 Points ∼18% +802%
Medion Lifetab P10606
2091 Points ∼5% +143%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
1562 Points ∼4% +81%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
1398 Points ∼3% +62%
Alcatel 1T 10
862 Points ∼2%
Average Mediatek MT8321
862 Points ∼2% 0%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
6173 Points ∼17% +458%
Average of class Tablet (1106 - 18041, n=38)
4647 Points ∼13% +320%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
3305 Points ∼9% +199%
Medion Lifetab P10606
2477 Points ∼7% +124%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
1896 Points ∼5% +71%
Alcatel 1T 10
1106 Points ∼3%
Average Mediatek MT8321
1106 Points ∼3% 0%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
1892 Points ∼30% +341%
Average of class Tablet (429 - 5002, n=38)
1606 Points ∼25% +274%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
1204 Points ∼19% +181%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
676 Points ∼11% +58%
Medion Lifetab P10606
658 Points ∼10% +53%
Alcatel 1T 10
429 Points ∼7%
Average Mediatek MT8321
429 Points ∼7% 0%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2416 Points ∼57%
Average of class Tablet (793 - 2952, n=50)
1439 Points ∼34%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
1363 Points ∼32%
Medion Lifetab P10606
1221 Points ∼29%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
1646 Points ∼31%
Average of class Tablet (102 - 5384, n=50)
1163 Points ∼22%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
413 Points ∼8%
Medion Lifetab P10606
240 Points ∼4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
1771 Points ∼37%
Average of class Tablet (134 - 3806, n=55)
1025 Points ∼22%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
489 Points ∼10%
Medion Lifetab P10606
292 Points ∼6%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2366 Points ∼56%
Average of class Tablet (810 - 2952, n=53)
1374 Points ∼33%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
1347 Points ∼32%
Medion Lifetab P10606
1199 Points ∼28%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
880 Points ∼21%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2392 Points ∼29%
Average of class Tablet (42 - 7525, n=53)
1589 Points ∼19%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
598 Points ∼7%
Medion Lifetab P10606
496 Points ∼6%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
42 Points ∼1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
2386 Points ∼37%
Average of class Tablet (53 - 4588, n=57)
1264 Points ∼20%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
682 Points ∼11%
Medion Lifetab P10606
570 Points ∼9%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
53 Points ∼1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
15117 Points ∼19% +91%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
14456 Points ∼18% +82%
Average of class Tablet (3675 - 39393, n=138)
12922 Points ∼16% +63%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
10388 Points ∼13% +31%
Medion Lifetab P10606
8995 Points ∼11% +14%
Alcatel 1T 10
7924 Points ∼10%
Average Mediatek MT8321
7924 Points ∼10% 0%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
35076 Points ∼7% +1321%
Average of class Tablet (2109 - 194856, n=138)
17864 Points ∼3% +624%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
12771 Points ∼2% +417%
Medion Lifetab P10606
9602 Points ∼2% +289%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
5456 Points ∼1% +121%
Alcatel 1T 10
2468 Points ∼0%
Average Mediatek MT8321
2468 Points ∼0% 0%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
26634 Points ∼13% +814%
Average of class Tablet (2411 - 103813, n=139)
14750 Points ∼7% +406%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
13227 Points ∼6% +354%
Medion Lifetab P10606
9460 Points ∼4% +225%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
6100 Points ∼3% +109%
Alcatel 1T 10
2913 Points ∼1%
Average Mediatek MT8321
2913 Points ∼1% 0%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
93 fps ∼1% +1092%
Average of class Tablet (4.2 - 451, n=165)
29.7 fps ∼0% +281%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
22 fps ∼0% +182%
Medion Lifetab P10606
16 fps ∼0% +105%
Alcatel 1T 10
7.8 fps ∼0%
Average Mediatek MT8321
7.8 fps ∼0% 0%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
7.7 fps ∼0% -1%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
57 fps ∼2% +1195%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
21 fps ∼1% +377%
Average of class Tablet (3.7 - 120, n=169)
20.4 fps ∼1% +364%
Medion Lifetab P10606
15 fps ∼0% +241%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
13 fps ∼0% +195%
Alcatel 1T 10
4.4 fps ∼0%
Average Mediatek MT8321
4.4 fps ∼0% 0%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
41 fps ∼1%
Average of class Tablet (1.8 - 220, n=103)
19.9 fps ∼0%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
9.9 fps ∼0%
Medion Lifetab P10606
7.1 fps ∼0%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
2.8 fps ∼0%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
27 fps ∼1%
Average of class Tablet (2.9 - 110, n=106)
14.2 fps ∼0%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
9.5 fps ∼0%
Medion Lifetab P10606
6.6 fps ∼0%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
5.5 fps ∼0%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
28 fps ∼1%
Average of class Tablet (2 - 173, n=53)
21 fps ∼0%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
4.9 fps ∼0%
Medion Lifetab P10606
2.2 fps ∼0%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
16 fps ∼0%
Average of class Tablet (4.3 - 95, n=53)
12.9 fps ∼0%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
4.7 fps ∼0%
Medion Lifetab P10606
4.3 fps ∼0%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
16 fps ∼0%
Average of class Tablet (7.2 - 107, n=33)
14.7 fps ∼0%
Medion Lifetab P10606
2.5 fps ∼0%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
2 fps ∼0%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
9.3 fps ∼0%
Average of class Tablet (4 - 47, n=33)
8.12 fps ∼0%
Medion Lifetab P10606
2.4 fps ∼0%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
2 fps ∼0%

Legend

 
Alcatel 1T 10 Mediatek MT8321, ARM Mali-400 MP, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Qualcomm Adreno 308, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017 Mediatek MT8173, PowerVR GX6250, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Medion Lifetab P10606 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 960, ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 64 GB eMMC Flash

In the browser tests, the 1T 10 is also the last of our comparison group. The difference between the MediaTek SoC and the top performer is also about 50% here. In JetStream 1.1, it is even more than 300% to the MT8173 in the Amazon Fire HD 10 2017

Octane V2 - Total Score
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
11854 Points ∼100% +590%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017 (Amazon Silk 61.2)
8570 Points ∼72% +399%
Average of class Tablet (1238 - 45734, n=155)
6345 Points ∼54% +269%
Medion Lifetab P10606 (Chrome 60)
3059 Points ∼26% +78%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 (Chrome 60)
2955 Points ∼25% +72%
Alcatel 1T 10 (Chrome 69)
1718 Points ∼14%
Average Mediatek MT8321
1718 Points ∼14% 0%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
57.007 Points ∼100% +423%
Average of class Tablet (10.9 - 279, n=71)
55.4 Points ∼97% +408%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017 (Amazon Silk 61.2)
46.39 Points ∼81% +325%
Medion Lifetab P10606 (Chrome 60)
18.873 Points ∼33% +73%
Alcatel 1T 10 (Chrome 69)
10.907 Points ∼19%
Average Mediatek MT8321
10.9 Points ∼19% 0%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average Mediatek MT8321
19085 ms * ∼100% -0%
Alcatel 1T 10 (Chrome 69)
19084.6 ms * ∼100%
Medion Lifetab P10606 (Chrome 60)
12793.8 ms * ∼67% +33%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 (Chrome 60)
12386 ms * ∼65% +35%
Average of class Tablet (603 - 43092, n=166)
9352 ms * ∼49% +51%
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017 (Amazon Silk 61.2)
3975.5 ms * ∼21% +79%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
3575.4 ms * ∼19% +81%

* ... smaller is better

The performance of the internal eMMC storage is not at the level of the competitors. The access rates in particular for reading are poor. The integrated microSD-card slot does not perform well either. We evaluated its speed with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 reference storage card (max. read: 95 MB/s, write: 80 MB/s), and at 40 MB/s (read) and 32 MB/s (write), the access rates remain significantly below those of affordable mid-range tablets.

Alcatel 1T 10Lenovo Tab 4 10Amazon Fire HD 10 2017Medion Lifetab P10606Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 ProAverage 16 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Tablet
AndroBench 3-5
66%
52%
81%
87%
8%
-1%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
31.99 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
59.9
87%
30.14 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-6%
64.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
103%
73.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
129%
37.2 (6.38 - 65.4, n=111)
16%
42.5 (14.6 - 73.8, n=41)
33%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
39.81 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
84.5
112%
55.49 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
39%
79.64 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
100%
84.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
113%
55.9 (10.8 - 87.7, n=111)
40%
60.8 (34.4 - 87.7, n=41)
53%
Random Write 4KB
10.1
8.9
-12%
9.37
-7%
12.02
19%
15.35
52%
7.33 (0.49 - 37.9, n=225)
-27%
5.52 (0.13 - 77.9, n=192)
-45%
Random Read 4KB
12.72
32.3
154%
27.72
118%
34.59
172%
27.41
115%
19.9 (2.49 - 61.7, n=225)
56%
17.5 (1.32 - 142, n=192)
38%
Sequential Write 256KB
83.7
45.3
-46%
147.67
76%
74.24
-11%
94.08
12%
41.5 (8.74 - 97.6, n=225)
-50%
35 (2.04 - 208, n=192)
-58%
Sequential Read 256KB
137.22
275
100%
262.2
91%
274.74
100%
278.59
103%
157 (9.66 - 294, n=225)
14%
104 (6.75 - 741, n=192)
-24%

Games - The 1T 10 is no gaming tablet

The Mali 400 MP is an entry-level graphics card capable of OpenGL ES 2.0, and the performance capabilities of the GPU are correspondingly low. More-demanding 3D games from the Android Play Store such as Asphalt 9 or PUBG Mobile cannot be played with the 1T 10. Slightly older games such as Asphalt 8: Airborne and Dead Trigger 2 also cannot be played smoothly. We can see micro-stutters repeatedly, and longer load times are the rule.   

The touchscreen and sensors of the tablet did not stand out negatively in the test.  

Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Asphalt 8 Airborne
Asphalt 8 Airborne

Emissions - Speaker with a lot of echo

Temperature

The Alcatel tablet hardly warms during idle mode. However, we measure a fairly uneven temperature distribution with a hot spot of almost 34 °C (93 °F) at the front. Under load conditions, the heat development is also very varied, but it is not much warmer at 35 °C (95 °F).

Max. Load
 31.8 °C
89 F
26.8 °C
80 F
26.7 °C
80 F
 
 34.8 °C
95 F
26.9 °C
80 F
27.8 °C
82 F
 
 31.1 °C
88 F
26.9 °C
80 F
28.9 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 34.8 °C = 95 F
Average: 26.9 °C = 80 F
26.5 °C
80 F
27.2 °C
81 F
28 °C
82 F
29.2 °C
85 F
27.6 °C
82 F
28.5 °C
83 F
30.3 °C
87 F
29.7 °C
85 F
28 °C
82 F
Maximum: 30.3 °C = 87 F
Average: 28.3 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  36.6 °C = 98 F | Room Temperature 20.8 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 26.9 °C / 80 F, compared to the average of 30.8 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34.8 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.3 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 30.3 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 34.4 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 30.8 °C / 87 F.

Speaker

Speaker test: Pink Noise
Speaker test: Pink Noise

With a maximum of 84 db(A), the mono speaker on the back offers sufficient power, but its sound quality is unconvincing. The sound is distorted and appears tinny even at medium volumes. Moreover, there is some echo in the reproduction of music or voices, so that playing videos with the 1T 10 is not really enjoyable. As expected, there is no bass in the sound image and the sound tends to appear imbalanced. 

While of course the sound is better using headphones, you should not have too many expectations on the audio port.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203035.52536.139.63132304029.431.65031.536.76327.925.28022.122.11002221.612521.225.516021.521.120020.324.425018.429.331517.34040016.7505001756.263016.161.980015.872.3100015.874.6125015.371160015.871200014.974.825001571315014.767.9400014.772.750001569.1630015.173.780001574.51000015.477.1125001572.11600016.354.3SPL27.684.3N157.2median 15.8median 69.1Delta1.914.735.230.732.937.637.232.831.727.939.63528.328.727.328.126.936.826.733.42438.220.945.520.952.919.554.118.55917.565.217.567.615.768.615.872.516.672.715.876.715.474.815.573.4167215.877.61678.916.373.416.368.316.265.216.460.316.445.728.686.11.163.2median 16.4median 67.62.110.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAlcatel 1T 10Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Alcatel 1T 10 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 42.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 7.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 89% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 36%
Compared to all devices tested
» 84% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 11% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Amazon Fire HD 10 2017 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 47% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 45% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 36%
Compared to all devices tested
» 50% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management - Alcatel tablet with good battery life

Power Consumption

Due to the weak hardware, the power consumption is not bad for a 10-inch tablet. However, with only 4000 mAh, the battery capacity turns out slightly low. At 4.5 hours, the completely discharged battery takes very long until it is fully recharged. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.11 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.01 / 3.69 / 3.81 Watt
Load midlight 6.17 / 6.19 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Alcatel 1T 10
4000 mAh
Lenovo Tab 4 10
7000 mAh
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
6300 mAh
Medion Lifetab P10606
7000 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
7500 mAh
Power Consumption
-1%
-30%
-41%
-103%
Idle Minimum *
1.01
1.09
-8%
1.55
-53%
1.4
-39%
3.3
-227%
Idle Average *
3.69
3.71
-1%
4.17
-13%
4.17
-13%
4.2
-14%
Idle Maximum *
3.81
3.84
-1%
4.25
-12%
4.2
-10%
7
-84%
Load Average *
6.17
5.07
18%
7.13
-16%
7.5
-22%
10.4
-69%
Load Maximum *
6.19
6.88
-11%
9.63
-56%
13.71
-121%
13.8
-123%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The good power management is also reflected in the battery life of the Alcatel tablet. In our WLAN test at an adjusted brightness of 150 cd/m², the 4000-mAh battery lasts for about 9 hours. Considering the battery size of the competitors, the battery life of the 1T 10 is quite respectable.  

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
9h 05min
Alcatel 1T 10
4000 mAh
Lenovo Tab 4 10
7000 mAh
Amazon Fire HD 10 2017
6300 mAh
Medion Lifetab P10606
7000 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
7500 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
545
632
16%
542
-1%
796
46%
670
23%

Pros

+ good battery life
+ price
+ solid workmanship

Cons

- haptics
- slow GPS and WLAN
- display
- performance
- small storage

Verdict - A lot of shadows, not much light

In review: Alcatel 1T 10. Test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Alcatel 1T 10. Test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de

Even considering the price range of the Alcatel 1T 10, it is difficult to attest the tablet with an attractive overall package. In our opinion, the manufacturer wastes a good bit of potential with the choice of the processor. The aged MediaTek SoC in the Alcatel 1T 10 is not up-to-date anymore, even for a device costing around 100 Euros (~$115). With the offered system and browser performance, it is hard to find pleasure in using the device, so that we cannot offer a recommendation for the 1T 10 in any usage scenario.   

The workmanship is solid; the IPS panel has quite stable viewing angles and is well calibrated for an affordable tablet. Furthermore, the battery life in daily use is very convincing. However, it is more than questionable whether this is still sufficient at a current street price of 110 Euros (~$127), considering the competitors from the Far East that are hardly more expensive (Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 among others). 

Those who expect a performance of current Android-One devices will be very disappointed with the Alcatel 1T 10. 

Alcatel 1T 10 - 10/08/2018 v6
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
67%
Keyboard
67 / 80 → 83%
Pointing Device
77%
Connectivity
28 / 65 → 43%
Weight
85 / 40-88 → 93%
Battery
92%
Display
77%
Games Performance
7 / 68 → 10%
Application Performance
22 / 76 → 29%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
48 / 91 → 53%
Camera
33 / 85 → 39%
Average
61%
75%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2018-10-12 (Update: 2018-10-12)